CCAC team to compete in national robotics competition at California University of Pennsylvania

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

PITTSBURGH-A team from the Community College of Allegheny County will participate in the National Robotics League competition on May 18 and 19 at California University of Pennsylvania. The team, which is comprised of six students in the college's Mechatronics Technology program at CCAC's West Hills Center, will compete against college and high school teams from across the nation.

The team will enter "Torxus," a robot built by CCAC student Shane Mickey when he was a competitor in the Southwestern Pennsylvania BotsIQ program while at Central Valley High School. The other team members are Christopher Bice, Kalie Conner, Austin Fitch, Rachel Goss and Brad Nealon. The robot, which is approximately 5 inches tall and 12 inches long by 8 inches wide, has been modified by the mechatronics students for maximum effectiveness in battle within the university's Convocation Center arena.

In addition, the students are required to present a binder full of information and answer questions about their robot pertaining to the construction, weaponry, modifications and inspiration for the design. Torxus will also undergo a technical and safety inspection to ensure it meets all of the specifications. The students will be putting their mechatronics skills to the test, as they must program the remote controls that operate the robot.

"This competition involves everything they're learning as second-year mechatronics students," said Janine Mickey, Shane's mother and a CCAC Math Café facilitator who has been involved with the BotsIQ program for many years.

The competition begins Friday evening and will continue through Saturday. The last robot to be moving on the field of battle wins the competition. A spirit award will also be presented to the school with the most support.

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